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Cell phone etiquette has gone out the window

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Column by Lukasz Jonca.
Column by Lukasz Jonca.

I recently belonged to a long prestigious line of Nokia flip phone users. I finally upgraded to a Samsung GALAXY S4 last year and I have yet to download my first application. But the truth is, I lost that old faithful beauty and miss her dearly to this day.

I mastered the art of texting without looking and my phone was just a phone. I didn’t feel the need to be wired into the Internet 24 hours a day.

I’m not against technological advancement, and I’m all for user-friendly technology.

But what bothers me with the evolution of cellular technology is that etiquette has been thrown out the window. Somehow it’s become socially acceptable to pull these little devils out during any occasion without social repercussions.

Does anyone pay attention to their surroundings anymore? 

People crash into to you while they’re Googling and it’s reaching a level of absurdity. Everybody on the planet is walking around with these mini devices: They’re flashy, exciting and bright and all the knowledge and information you desire is at your fingertips in a moment’s notice.

The worst part is that trivia and obtained knowledge are becoming obsolete. I wonder when we’ll be able to download packets of critical-thinking skills from the all-mighty Google. I still prefer the name Omnius. Just Google it, don’t bother to learn about it through hours of painstaking reading.

I have lived long enough to know there’s no such thing as a free lunch. You don’t get all this amazing information for nothing.

Fifty dollars a month is a small price to pay for all the abilities our little genies and leprechauns grant us. Those creatures have a long history of being tricky and this may be the case with smartphones.

What’s the trade-off I ask, where’s the pact? I still prefer to sign my deals in blood.

I’m getting a headache from all the artificial light, and I miss my simple little Nokia.

 Reported by Lukasz Jonca

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